Jane Foster Just Became Marvel’s NEW Queen of Asgard

Marvel Comics has just made Jane Foster Queen of Asgard in this week’s War of the Realms #2. Writer Jason Aaron took over the Thor franchise back in 2012, and for the last seven years his ongoing story has been building to a head. This year’s Marvel Comics event, “War of the Realms,” is the climax of everything Aaron has been doing all along.

Jane Foster has been a major part of Aaron’s run. Under Aaron’s pen, Jane was transformed from a secondary character into a series lead when she proved herself worthy to wield Mjolnir. Jane Foster understood that the cosmos needs a Thor, and she was willing to pay a heavy price in order to meet that need; Jane had been diagnosed with cancer, and unfortunately the transformation into Thor reversed any positive effects from her chemotherapy. But that didn’t stop her, not least when the Mangog attacked and destroyed Immortal Asgard. She transformed into Thor one final time in order to defeat the Mangog, a victory that led to the destruction of Mjolnir, and barely survived thanks to Odin’s intervention.

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Jane’s chemotherapy has been successful, and there’s no longer a trace of cancer in her system. As such, as War of the Realms #2 reveals, when Malekith and his forces invade Earth Jane is keen to take to the front lines. She strikes a crucial blow against the leader of the Dark Elves, striking down his War Witches and giving Doctor Strange a chance to teleport the Avengers to safety so they can regroup and launch a counter-attack. With Odin exhausted and in need of the Odinsleep, Freyja considers a desperate suicide mission in order to rescue Thor from Jotunheim. She cannot leave the Asgardian refugees without a leader – and so she names Jane Foster All-Mother of Asgard in her place.

It’s testimony to the sheer scale of the “War of the Realms” event that such a momentous act happens in just two panels, and that Jane is entirely distracted watching monitors showing Malekith’s forces overrunning New York. While Jane is by no means the star of this event, Aaron is ensuring she’s a constant presence in the background. Given Jane is no longer suffering from cancer, it may well be that she will once again wield one of Thor’s hammers and become a Goddess of Thunder; certainly Malekith appears to believe that she could prove to be a major threat to his plans, given his forces prioritized her as a target along with Odin and Freyja in War of the Realms #1.

Asgard has never been in a worse position, with the Realm Eternal ravaged by the Mangog, Heimdall blinded, and Odin bitter and broken. With Thor stranded on Jotunheim, the Asgardian refugees will need all Jane’s wisdom if they’re going to be of any use in the battle against Malekith.

War of the Realms #2 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-18 02:04:19

Thomas Bacon

Star Wars: 10 Huge Revelations From Queen’s Shadow

Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow is the story many fans have long dreamed of, a novel focused on Padmé Amidala, her fiercely loyal handmaidens, and their unique inner workings. Taking place in between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, Queen’s Shadow follows Padmé as her time as a queen ends and she shifts into her role as senator of Naboo. Readers experience the story from the perspective of Padmé and her closest handmaiden Sabé – played by Keira Knightley in The Phantom Menace – as they navigate their new roles in an ever-changing galaxy. It’s a fabulously character-driven story in itself, made even better with abundant and fascinating connections to the wider Star Wars galaxy, some of which we will explore through Star Wars: 10 Huge Revelations From Queen’s Shadow.

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10 Padmé Tried To Free Shmi Skywalker

Many fans have long wondered why no one from the Republic tried to free Shmi Skywalker in the time period between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Queen’s Shadow provided some clarity on this matter as it was revealed that Padmé did try to free Shmi. Even before becoming a senator, one of Padmé’s main goals was to free Shmi and end slavery on Tatooine and throughout the galaxy, a mission that’s importance was instilled in her from her experiences with the Skywalker family in The Phantom Menace. Because of her senatorial duties, Padmé was unable to go to Tatooine herself, so she sent her most trusted handmaiden Sabé instead. Sabé and her ally Tonra managed to free twenty-five slaves on Tatooine, but they were unable to track down Shmi and free her. As Padmé would later learn in Attack of the Clones, at that time Shmi had already been sold and found freedom through the Lars family.

9 Qui-Gon Jinn Knew The Truth All Along

Queen’s Shadow confirmed what fans long suspected, that Qui-Gon Jinn was not fooled for one instant by Padmé’s disguise in The Phantom Menace. When Bail Organa recognized that Padmé was disguised as one of her handmaidens, Padme confided that only one other person had ever made that discovery on their own – Qui Gon Jinn. She revealed that Qui-Gon saw it from the first moment he laid eyes on her as a decoy in The Phantom Menace. This adds more meaning to Qui-Gon’s knowing smirk when Padmé reveals she’s Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace, and all his interactions with her throughout film, particularly their time together on Tatooine.

8 The Tactical Purposes Of Padmé’s Wardrobe

Those who rolled their eyes at Padmé’s ornate wardrobe need to think again after Queen’s Shadow showed that every piece of clothing and every accessory served a tactical purpose. The fabrics were designed with material resistant to blaster fire and the jeweled brooches could hide recording devices or a personal shield. The heavier dresses could act as a physical barrier and even provide an escape hatch if needed, not to mention the headpieces that distracted and allowed decoys to step in. Padmé is not at all a frivolous person, so it makes sense that her wardrobe is reflective of the traits that actually define her and her handmaidens – strategy, defense, and intuition.

7 The Separatist Movement Was Already Underway

At the time of Queen’s Shadow, the Clone Wars were still several years from breaking out, yet the Separatist movement was already underway in the senate. This was primarily seen in the novel through Mina Bonteri, the senator from Onderon, whose Separatist loyalty and the price of it played a major role in The Clone Wars television series.

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Impressed by how Padmé took matters into her own hands to save Naboo when the Republic was unable to in The Phantom Menace, Bonteri sought out Padmé as an ally. Later on, Padmé caught Bonteri speaking with a hologram of a mysterious figure – likely Count Dooku – and Padmé was smart enough to realize this was where Bonteri’s true loyalties rested.

6 Mon Mothma’s Initial Distrust

The Clone Wars, deleted scenes from Revenge of the Sith, and other stories have shown that senators Padmé Amidala and Mon Mothma were close allies. Queen’s Shadow proved that this wasn’t always the case, though. In fact, Mothma initially distrusted Padmé as she believed Padmé was too loyal to her planet of Naboo, and not loyal enough to the larger Republic. This was largely rooted in Padmé helping to force former Supreme Chancellor Valorum out of office in The Phantom Menace in order to help Naboo during the Trade Federation’s invasion.  Padmé quickly proved to Mothma that she could be loyal to both Naboo and the Republic, which earned Mothma’s trust moving forward.

5 How Padmé Could’ve Become A Separatist

As a staunch supporter of the Republic during the Clone Wars, it’s difficult to imagine Padmé as a Separatist. Yet, Queen’s Shadow showed that  Padmé could’ve become a Separatist had she prioritized her alliances differently in her early days in the senate. Padmé tried building relationships with established senators like Mina Bonteri of Onderon, along with Mon Mothma of Chandrila and Bail Organa of Alderaan. Padmé ended up prioritizing her alliance with Mothma and Organa, two senators firmly dedicated to the Republic. With Bonteri already a major figure with the Separatist movement, had Padmé chosen to prioritize her alliance with Bonteri instead, Padmé could’ve gone down the Separatist path.

4 Padmé’s History With Rush Clovis

Rush Clovis became an important character in the sixth season of The Clone Wars, particularly concerning his relationship with Padmé. His history with Padmé was alluded to but left ambiguous. Queen’s Shadow unveiled that ambiguity, showing how Clovis and Padmé began their senatorial careers around the same time.

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Padmé was wary of him for a while, but warmed up to him as they worked closely together during a relief mission. In the aftermath of their mission, Clovis tried to kiss her, which rightfully infuriated Padme as Clovis did not have her consent. Knowledge of these events provides more context for what occurs between Padmé and Clovis in The Clone Wars.

3 The Depa Billaba Connection

Jedi Master Depa Billaba assisted Padmé during a survey to the planet Bromlarch, the first step in what would become an important relief mission for Bromlarch and the Republic as a whole. Billaba acted as a representative for the Jedi, providing wise counsel and even flew a starfighter during a supply run to Bromlarch, during which she defended Padmé and her allies against attacking pirates. Not only was it fascinating to see Padmé working so closely with a Jedi other than those who she normally worked with, but also because it connects her to Star Wars Rebels character Kanan Jarrus. Billaba trained Kanan – then known as Caleb Dume – and she also helped Padmé in her early senatorial days. As such, Billaba helped shape two of the galaxy’s greatest heroes – Padmé Amidala and Kanan Jarrus.

2 Padmé’s Unfinished Work

After Padmé’s funeral in the novel’s epilogue, through Sabé, fans got a look into Padmé’s remaining political passion projects, inspiring goals that tragically went unfinished. Sabé saw Padmé’s files including proposals to reinstate term limits on the chancellorship, improving the individual rights and life quality of the Republic’s Clone soldiers, and abolishing slavery. While it’s devastating to see Padmé ‘s unfinished work – especially considering that the Galactic Empire thrived on the very abuse of power and individuals that she was fighting so hard against – at least audiences know that Padmé fought until the very end in the political arena. It’s also refreshing as some of Padmé ‘s political initiatives revealed in the epilogue haven’t been shown as much in other stories, meaning there’s potential to explore her pursuits of these goals in future stories.

1 Palpatine’s Appointment Of Quarsh Panaka

Quarsh Panaka protected Padmé with relentless dedication in The Phantom Menace and Queen’s Shadow detailed how thoroughly he trained Padmé and her handmaidens. However, Panaka retired from this role and became increasingly loyal to Sheev Palpatine, a loyalty that paid off after Padmé’s demise. Longtime Naboo governor Sio Bibble retired, and instead of Padmé ‘s former handmaiden Saché being elected to the position as expected, Palpatine appointed Panaka as governor of Naboo. When Panaka made his first official address to the people of Naboo, his wife Mariek and his nephew Typho didn’t stand by him. They’d served Padmé after Quarsh Panaka’s retirement and their decision not to stand by him proved that even after her passing and the Imperial appointment, they were still more loyal to Padmé and what she stood for than to Quarsh and what he represented as a servant of Palpatine’s Empire.

Which revelation from Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow did you enjoy most? Sound off in the comments!

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2019-03-29 01:03:37

Matthew Rudoy

Bohemian Rhapsody Sequel Being Discussed, Says Queen’s Music Video Director

Queen’s music video director Rudi Dolezal says a sequel to hit film Bohemian Rhapsody is “being heavily discussed.” After lingering in development hell for years and then going through an extremely troubled production, the Freddie Mercury biopic finally hit theaters last fall, bringing the music icon’s life to the big screen. At the time of its release, Bohemian Rhapsody was criticized for adhering to Hollywood formula and downplaying certain aspects of Mercury’s personal life, but the film was able to overcome that mixed reception. It ended up becoming the highest-grossing musical biopic of all-time and was a surprise player on the awards circuit.

In addition to star Rami Malek essentially sweeping the season by picking up numerous trophies for his turn as Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody also won Best Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes and was nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Oscars. Those accolades, combined with the movie’s $875.7 million worldwide gross, illustrated that it connected with a lot of people and was a favorite of many. With there being such a sizable audience for Queen, fans might be able to see more of the band’s story at the multiplex in the future.

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Speaking with Page Six, Dolezal teased talk is already being had about a possible followup film, noting that such a project is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.” Dolezal also said Queen’s manager Jim Beach might have “plans for a sequel that starts with Live Aid.” It’s worth mentioning that Malek and Queen’s record label haven’t heard anything about a sequel yet.

What’s curious about Dolezal’s comments is that Bohemian Rhapsody ends with a well-received reconstruction of Queen’s legendary Live Aid set, so it would be odd if a second movie began with the concert. It would probably make more sense for a hypothetical sequel to pick up shortly after the Live Aid show, chronicling the band’s final years with Mercury as the frontman. Another route to take, considering Bohemian Rhapsody ended with a title card detailing Mercury’s 1991 death, would be to explore Queen’s time with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert, where veteran members Brian May and Roger Taylor toured in the 2000s and 2010s. Obviously, that would eliminate Bohemian Rhapsody’s strongest selling point (Malek as Mercury), but there’s potential there for a good story about Queen’s post-Mercury chapter and their enduring legacy.

Right now, this is all in the theoretical stages and it remains to be seen if a Bohemian Rhapsody 2 actually comes into fruition. 20th Century Fox, of course, is about to become part of Disney’s media empire, so the fate of any future Queen movies would be up to the Mouse House. Considering how successful Bohemian Rhapsody was, there’s clear business incentive to bankroll a followup, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. The odds of this panning out seem low, but if a creative team cracks the right narrative, Disney may decide to go with it.

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2019-03-11 01:03:51

Chris Agar

Nicole Kidman Is The Current Queen of 2019

Nicole Kidman is currently rocking 2019 with multiple box office hits and chances to win some of the year’s biggest awards. While she is generally considered one of the best actresses of her generation, Kidman is a public figure and talent whose work is often heavily underestimated.

While she has been in the business for over 35 years, won an Oscar and an Emmy, and worked with some of the best directors on the planet, it’s all too easy to find articles dedicated to discerning whether she’s still relevant. According to the media, she’s had multiple comebacks, although the reality of the situation is that she’s always done good work but not always been respected for it.

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Interestingly, that’s what makes her sudden domination of the box office at the beginning of 2019 so intriguing. Sure, she’s always had critical favor in her corner, but bona fide commercial success is another thing entirely, and even more so when it’s tied to popularity with the public.

Nicole Kidman’s Movies Are Killing It At The Box Office

Kidman started off the year on top of the box office thanks to DC’s Aquaman. While Kidman’s role as Arthur’s mother Atlanna is small and she’s not front and center in the marketing for it, it’s still a point in her corner to be a key cast member in one of only five 2018 films that made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. An Aquaman sequel is all but guaranteed, as is Kidman’s return to the franchise, and it never hurts to have a solid commercial series under your belt in-between more independent fare. On top of that, the film that toppled Aquaman from the number one spot of the domestic box office was another Kidman film: The Upside.

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Despite premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 to mixed reviews, The Upside, a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables, saw its release shelved following the sexual abuse allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, due to the film being distributed by The Weinstein Company. It was eventually bought by STX Entertainment and Lantern Entertainment (the successor of The Weinstein Company) and given a release during a dry month. Many predicted it would sink without a trace, but the star power of its central trio helped power it to a $20.4 million opening weekend.

Nicole Kidman Has Two Serious Shots At The 2019 Oscars

Kidman has been busy recently, with no fewer than 17 film credits under her belt over the last five years, as well as two acclaimed TV shows. Last year alone saw her with two major awards contenders in play this Oscar season: Destroyer and Boy Erased. Both films have garnered Kidman immense acclaim and each role could not be more different from the other. In the former, Kidman is a traumatized cop investigating a murder, while in the latter, she is the conflicted mother of a young man who is sent to a gay conversion camp.

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Kidman’s versatility and ability to physically transform herself for the part is well-known, but 2018 was the most potent example of that, with two attention-grabbing parts that could have sunk into melodrama or camp if not handled properly. While Kidman’s chances at an Oscar aren’t as strong this year as they have been in others, it’s notable in and of itself that she’s been so present in awards conversations these past few months. We now expect her to be in that Oscars narrative because she’s that good and her work is consistently that interesting. There aren’t many other major stars of Kidman’s level in Hollywood that can lay stake to that claim.

Big Little Lies Season 2 Is On The Way

Kidman’s appearance in Top of the Lake season 2 marked her first real transition onto the modern small screen, but it was Big Little Lies that let her truly shine. The series, which she also executive produced with co-star Reese Witherspoon, became a legitimate cultural phenomenon, garnering rapturous reviews as well as a dedicated fan-base. For that role alone, Kidman won an Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, thus making her easily the most rewarded of the ensemble. Big Little Lies was such a success that HBO renewed the series for season 2, based on entirely new material written by the author of the original book, Liane Moriarty.

That won’t be the last time Kidman is on screen this year, either. Audiences will also see her star in the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch, and she’s also playing former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the already controversial biographical drama of the network, Fair and Balanced. So much has already happened, but there’s still a lot on the horizon for her.

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2019-01-20 02:01:22

Aquaman Shows Why Mera Should Be Queen of Atlantis

Warning: SPOILERS for Aquaman:

A new King was crowned in Aquaman but the movie also proved Mera (Amber Heard) deserves to be Queen of Atlantis. While the main plot of director James Wan’s blockbuster involved Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) quest to find Atlan’s Trident and claim his birthright, Mera concurrently established herself as the person best suited to actually rule the undersea kingdom.

In Aquaman, Mera initiated the plan she and the royal vizier Vulko (Willem Dafoe) concocted to stop King Orm Marius (Patrick Wilson) from uniting the remaining kingdoms of Atlantis, declaring himself Ocean Master, and waging war on the surface world. Despite her reservations about Arthur Curry based on their previous encounter in Justice League, Mera led the halfbreed first son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), on a mission to find the Trident of Atlan, which would prove Arthur as the true king of Atlantis under their most ancient laws. Her plan worked: not only did they successfully find the lost Trident, but Arthur also defeated Orm in battle and stopped the war – and he couldn’t have done any of it without Mera. It was Mera herself who proclaimed Aquaman as King Arthur.

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However, where all of this leaves Mera is the question. It’s natural to presume that Mera will be Queen since DC Comics fans know her comic book counterpart is married to Aquaman and rules Atlantis by his side. The movie doesn’t automatically make this a fait accompli, though; as the Princess of the kingdom of Xebel, Mera was actually pledged to marry Orm and unite their two kingdoms – a duty she abandoned when she committed treason and saved Arthur from losing to Orm in ritual combat in the Ring of Fire. With Orm deposed, King Arthur will no doubt nullify Mera’s treason but her status otherwise was left unclear. After all, Arthur didn’t propose to Mera at any point in Aquaman, so despite the sparks that developed between them and the passionate kiss they shared during Aquaman‘s final battle, Mera actually lost her automatic path to becoming Queen. And despite his own feelings for Mera, Arthur may also not be the marrying type, whether it’s for political gain or for true love.

Regarding what happens next in Atlantis’ game of thrones, the details of Atlantean law are also uncertain; Atlanna returned and she may actually be the rightful Queen, even though she chose to return to Maine and reunite with her love, Arthur’s human father Tom (Temura Morrison). Aquaman ended with Arthur as King, that much is certain, and if he does need a Queen to consolidate his claim to the throne and help unite the kingdoms politically, Mera is certainly the most likely candidate. But let’s face it, Arthur is actually best suited, in the movie’s own words, to be “something greater than a king – a hero.” With that in mind, here’s why it’s Mera who is the most deserving person to actually rule Atlantis as Queen.

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Mera Is The DCEU’s Best Female Superhero Besides Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman and Mera

The DC Extended Universe hasn’t exactly been prolific when it comes to female superheroes, but in Aquaman, Mera earned herself a place alongside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) atop the pyramid. The competition is admittedly slim; Lois Lane (Amy Adams) was the most prominent female character in the DCEU before Diana Prince arrived and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is technically an insane super-villain, though she’s due for a “fantabulous emancipation” into superheroism in next year’s Birds of Prey. After them is Katana (Karen Fukuhara), who was deadly but silent in Suicide Squad, and, as powerful and dangerous as she is, no one would confuse Task Force X’s devious head honcho Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) with being a hero.

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Regardless of how few peers she has in the DCEU, Mera is as powerful as any Atlantean and she cemented herself as a bona fide hero in Aquaman. Again, without her masterminding the entire plot to depose Orm, Arthur couldn’t have saved the surface world from a devastating war with Atlantis. Mera was just as responsible for Arthur’s victory, and she fought side-by-side with him against Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Orm’s elite soldiers, and against the monstrous horrors of the Trench.

Even Among Atlanteans, Mera Is Special

Aquaman Mera Powers

Although the hows and whys of Arthur’s special ability to speak to fish is one of Aquaman‘s unanswered questions, Mera is also unique among Atlanteans because she, too, has a superpower: Mera possesses hydrokinesis, which allows her to control and manipulate water. She doesn’t just use it in battle, either; it’s thanks to Mera’s powers that Tom Curry was able to survive the gigantic tidal wave Orm sent to attack the shores of every continent on Earth. Being a hero at heart, Mera uses her ability to save lives just as much as she uses it for combat.

Additionally, while Aquaman delighted audiences around the world with its numerous eye-popping sights – like an octopus that plays drums in Arthur and Orm’s gladiatorial battle- Mera’s biggest moment (which is arguably the coolest moment in the whole film) is when she used her hydrokinesis to turn the wine inside a wall-full of bottles into wine daggers to kill Orm’s soldiers. She may not be the one chosen by the Trident of Atlan to command the sea like Arthur, but Mera is very much gifted just like the Aquaman. However, prowess in battle and innate superheroism doesn’t make someone a monarch; Mera’s other talents and traits are what truly make her fit to be Atlantis’ Queen.

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Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry and Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman

Mera’s Arc In Aquaman Expanded Her Worldview

While the focus of Aquaman was on Arthur learning more about his mother’s kingdom, its history, and his destiny to be king, Mera was right next to him the whole time and she was also learning and growing as a person, especially in regards to the surface world. Before she visited Arthur and Tom Curry in Maine to urge Atlanna’s son to help stop Orm, it’s unclear if Mera had even visited the surface world before, but even if she had, she held a low opinion of it. Still, Mera cared enough to not want billions of humans to die in a war with the sea and she knew Orm’s desires were wrong. However, the princess knew very little about the places and people she wanted to save.

Part of the fun of Aquaman was Mera finding herself as a proverbial fish out of water in the surface world. The search for Atlan’s Trident saw her ride an airplane and trudge through the Sahara for the first time. As much as she complained about the desert, Mera softened a great deal about the surface world when she and Arthur arrived in Sicily and were able to partake in the beauty of its sights, its people, and… eating its flowers. Arthur was probably also right when he guessed Mera would like lakes since they’re “little baby oceans”. Though Mera had to learn not to steal boats, she quickly saw her long-held beliefs about the surface world were incorrect. Cheesy as these moments were, Mera got to expand her worldview, which made her see both Arthur, who is half-human, and the surface world in a new light.

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Mera’s greater perspective about the seven continents and the humans who live in it would only benefit Atlantis if she were Queen. She’s now one of the few Atlanteans who can say she’s been to the surface world, which still regards Atlantis as a myth. If Mera ruled Atlantis with Arthur, the two of them together could bridge the undersea realm with the nations of Earth, while Mera herself could continue her education about one-third of the planet she’s only beginning to understand.

Mera Has The Political Smarts To Be Queen of Atlantis

Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in Aquaman

Aquaman‘s ending where Arthur became king and stopped Orm’s plans of conquest actually leaves Atlantis in a political lurch. He may command the seas with Atlan’s Trident but King Arthur remains a half-breed with virtually no understanding of Atlantis’ complex politics. This is why Mera would be invaluable as Arthur’s Queen; she was schooled not just as a warrior by Queen Atlanna but also in politics by Vulko and by her father King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren). Since she upended Orm’s reign to install Arthur as King (and talked King Nereus into endorsing Aquaman), Mera’s political savvy will be needed more than ever in restoring the kingdoms’ confidence in Atlantis’ throne going forward.

As Princess Y’Mera Xebella Challa of Xebel, Mera is obviously shrewd and understands the ins and outs of Atlantean politics. She was promised to Orm as his wife and she held to the ideals of her duty as a princess of Atlantis – until she betrayed Orm, of course. But Mera did so to prevent a despot from igniting a war that could destroy the entire planet and her efforts ultimately gave Atlantis its own superhero. That very hero, Aquaman, would only benefit from ruling with Mera at his side since she has a complete grasp of Atlantis’ intricate political system and monarchal structure. King Arthur could literally just drink beer and fight sea monsters and super-villains all day and Atlantis would still be fine if Mera were running the show.

It will be interesting to see where Mera’s story goes; will Aquaman 2 immediately follow the comics’ lead so that Mera marries Arthur and become Queen of Atlantis? Should it all be so cut-and-dry or will the relationship between Arthur and Mera continue to be entertainingly prickly with unforeseen roadblocks? While Amber Heard may not be earning any Oscar nominations, in Mera, she and director James Wan created an admirable and inspiring heroine who was much more than a romantic counterpart to Arthur. Aquaman would agree that you gotta love how this redhead is more than a love interest or a superhero – Mera should be Atlantis’ Queen.

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2019-01-06 03:01:46

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